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PAGE Letters from St. Helena, by

W. Warden .......... 592 Life of Michael Angelo, by P. Duppa ......354, 500

and Studies of Mr. West, by J. Galt...... 500

M.

Madras System, Sermon

on the, by Fraser...... 668 Məgee, Dr. Discourses and

Dissertations ........ 282 " Manual for a Parish Priest Marriott, Rev. J. Hints to

a Traveller .......... Memoirs of the Life of T.

Holcroft ............ Memoires de la Marchio

ness de la Rochejaque

lein ............ 445, 568 Ministre de Wakefield, par

Madame Despourrin .. 103 Monk, Professor, Euripidis

Alcestis ........... 426 Monthly List of Publica

tions 103, 221, 336, 441, 552

Parish Priest's Manual ... 540 Park, Mungo, Travels into

the Interior of Africa .. 7 Pharmacopæias of the Lon

don, &c. Colleges, by Dr.

"Thomson ................ 324 Poet's Pilgrimage to Water

loo, by R. Southey .... 27 Polwhele, Rev. R. Fair

Isabel of Cotehele, a

Poem ................ 90 Pott's, Archdeacon, Conse.

cration Sermon ........ 82 Pottinger's, Lieut., Travels

in Beloochistan and Sinde 481 Prisoner of Chillon, and

other Poems, by Lord
Byron ......

.......... 608 Prosody made Easy, by Dr.

Shaw .. .. .... 105

670

Quinze Jours à Londres... 371

R.

Morehead, Rev. R. Ordination Sermon..........

-- Series of Discourses ........ Morres, Rev. R. Three Ser.

mons on the Trinity .. 1 - Rev. J. Sermon at

Leicester ............ 535

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Nares, Rev. R. Veracity of

the Evangelists demon

strated ............ 391 . Narrative of Robert Adams 190

Researches into the History

of Playing Cards, by S.

W. Singer .......... 206 Residence at Tombuctoo,

by R. Adams ......... 190 Restoration of the Works

of Art to Italy, a Poem, by F. Hemans ........ 311 Roberts, Rev. P. Cambrian

Popular Antiquities.... 307 Rochejaquelein, Memoires

de la Marquise de la 4-46, 558 Rogers, B. the Days of Ha

rold, a Metrical Tale · 318 Russian Prisoner of War, by

Kotzebue ........... 250

. 0.
Ode, Thanksgiving, by W.

Wordsworth.......... 313 · Old English Plays ...... 172

Salisbury

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T.

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Songs and occasional Salisbury Cathedral, Brit

Poems, by Captain Hall 320 ton's History of ...... 108 Sonnets, Odes, &c. by LeftSancho, or the Proverbia

ley and Linley ............ list, by the Rev. W. Southey, R. Poet's Pilgri

Cunningham ........ 216 mage to Waterloo ......... Scottish Poems, Banna

- Lay of the tyne's Ancient ....... 437 Laureate ..................... Sequel of an Attempt to St. Helena, Beatson's Tracts

discover Junius ...... 106 on .............................. Series of Discourses, by

Warden's Letthe Rev. R. Morehead 49 ters from ..................... 592 Sermon, Burney's, Conse Sumner, J. B. Treatise on cration .............. 200 the Records of the Crea

, Bird's Visitation... 550 tion ..................... 383, 465 - Bushnell's Visita System of Mineralogy, tion ................ 667 Jameson's .................. 516

- Chester, Dean of 544

- Christ Church, Dean of ............ 302

Fraser's, on the Madras System ...... 668 , Gardener's, before

Thanksgiving Ode, by W. the Shrewsbury Commit

Wordsworth ................ 313

Thomas, G. Freedom and tee .............. 208

other Poems ............... 440 - Irby's, Visitation 546

Thomson, Dr.Pharmacopæia 324 Morres's, at Leicester ............., 535

Tombuctoo, Adams's Resi-, Morehead's, Ordi

dence at...................... 190

Tour into North Wales, by nation .............. 204 Nares's, at Hast

Dr. Johnson..................

Tour through Istria, &c. by ................. 548

an English Merchant ... 23 - Archdeacon Pott's

'Travels into the Interior of Consecration ................ 82 Sermons, Morres's, on the

Africa, by Mungo Park

in Beloochistan and Trinity ........................ , by the Rev. J.

Sinde, by Pottinger ...... 481

Treatise on the Records of
Venn............................ 136
Shaw, Dr. Prosody made

the Creation, by Sumner 383 Easy ........................... 105 Shepherd, Joyce and Car

- Minerals, by

Jameson.......................... 516 penter's Systematic Edu

cation ......................... 113 Simeon, Rev. C. Appeal to

Men of Wisdom and

Candour .................... 631 Singer, . W. Researches i Valpy's Editions of the into the History of Play

Greek Testament ......... 402 ing Cards .................. 265 Venn. Rev. J. Sermons ... 136

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PAGE Voyage round the World, Wells, Dr. Essay on Dew... 127 Campbell's ................ 325 West, B. Galt's Life and

Studies of........................ 500

Wordsworth, W. Thanksw.

giving Ode .................. 313

Walter, Rev. H. Lectures

on the Evidences of Chris

tianity ......................... 275 Warden, W. Letters from

St. Helena ................ 592

Year in Canada, a Poem,

by A. C. Knight ......... 92 THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR JULY, 1816.

Art. I. Three Sermons on the Doctrine of the Blessed

Trinity, preached at the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, on Trinity Sunday, in the Years 1813, 1814, and 1815.

By Robert Morres, M.A. Prebendary of Salisbury. 8vo.

52 pp. 23. Parker, Oxford ; Rivingtons, London. 1816. NOVELTY is always attractive ; but on theological subjects it should be examined with care, and admitted with reserve. In these highly ingenious discourses there is certaiuly a striking degree of novelty ; but as it does not regard the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity, nor, strictly speaking, the evidence of the doctrine, but merely the mode in which, as it is here suggested, that evidence was communicated to the world, whether the reader is or is not satisfied with the hypothesis proposed, he needs uot to be alarmed with it. The doctrine itself remains as it was before, irrefragably founded, as has been often shewn and seldom with greater ability than iu these sermons, on the clear and infallible word of God.

The principle laid down by Mr. Morres is briefly this : that utility to man being the motive by which the Almighty has regulated all his communications to mankind, therefore the declarations of his will, and particularly the revelations of his own Divine nature, were gradual, as men were prepared and were able to receive them ; that, consequently, in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, intimations of a plurality of persons in the Godhead, saiher than explicit declarations of the doctrine of the Trinity in unity, were to be expected; and that in the promulgation of the Gospel, the mysteries of the Divine nature would in like manner be revealed gradually, intimated in general, rather than asserted, by our Lord and the first writers and first preachers of the Gospel, but explicitly declared by the latest, as by St. John in the

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pri face VOL. VI. JULY, 1816.

he Lords, has fonted teste Ostractose discou,

preface to his Gospel, and St. Paul in his preface to the Hebrew's.

But the merit as well as the importance of these discourses demands, that we should give a short abstract or analysis of thein. The first, on the celebrated text quoted by our Lord from Moses, Mark xii. 20, has for its subject that foundation of all religion, “ The Lord our God is one Lord." The second, John i. 1, 2. is on the divinity of the Word or Son of God. The third, John xvi. 13. on the Divinity of the Holy Ghost.

In the introduction to Sermon 1. it is observed, that articles of faith have always been thought necessary in the Christian Church, for the admission of converts from other religions, and for the purpose of education ; but they should first, be clear and unquestionable ; secondly, should relate only to things of moment; and, thirdly, when any essential doctrine has been perverted, they should contain a denial of the errors concerning it. This third rule, not founded in the necessity of the thing itself, but originating in the circumstances of the times, fully justifies the two later of the three Creeds adopted in our Liturgy and the Articles of Religion, in which are many particulars of this sort, in opposition to erroneous tenets which have prevailed. · In confirmation of the principle assumed of a gradual revela. tion, several instances are adduced to shew, that this was the ordinary method of the Divine communication to man. Thus the mystery, as St. Paul calls it, that the Gentiles should be partakers of the Gospel, was not in other ages made known unto the sons of men, as it was now revealed unto him and the other Apostles; (Ephes. jj. 3—6.) nor was the spiritual nature of the Gospel so plainly described by the prophets, as to prevent the Jews from the error of expecting a temporal kingdom of the Messiah ; and many truths were withheld from the Apostles by our Lord during his ministry, because, as he said, they were not able to bear them.

“ In exact proportion as religion itself is momentous,” so must it be to know the right object of religious adoration, tbat we may neither offend by omitting honour where it is due, nor by giving it where it is not due. It is vain therefore to say, that the catholic doctrine of the unity in Trmity and 'Trinity in unity, is not, if it is true, before all things, in order and importance, necessary to salvation.

Oribis doctrine, that part which has been fully revealed from the beginning is, that there is one God. But this being declared solely in opposition to idolatry, to an acknowledgment of false gods and spurious objects of worship, it has no relation at all, much less opposition, to the equally catholic doctrine of the

Trinity

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